IHA Daily Briefing: Oct. 14

Wednesday, October 14, 2020
IHA Leadership Summit: Reinventing Care Delivery
State, National, Global COVID-19 Updates
IDPH Revises COVID-19 Test Reporting
IDPH Issues Holiday Season Safety Tips
Family Gatherings and COVID-19 Spread
CDC Tips for Halloween Activities
Chicago Adds Four States to Emergency Travel Order

IHA Leadership Summit: Reinventing Care Delivery
Glimpse into the future of healthcare through the eyes of a health economist. On Oct. 23, Day 2 of the 2020 IHA Leadership Summit, Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, MA, MHSA, will lead the virtual session, “The New Health Consumer.”

From 9 to 10 a.m., Sarasohn-Kahn, founder of the consulting firm THINK-Health, will discuss:

  • The impact of telehealth during and after COVID-19;   
  • How to reinvent care delivery; and   
  • The evolution of consumer expectations.

A prolific writer, Sarasohn-Kahn has her own blog, Health Populi, and is active on Twitter (@healthythinker). Between the two platforms, she recently reimagined patients' homes as “health hubs” and emphasized how digital healthcare can contribute to greater health equity. Sarasohn-Kahn also serves on the Board of Directors of The Clinic, which provides free healthcare to uninsured individuals in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.

She'll also explore issues raised in her recently published book, Health Citizenship: How a Virus Opened Up Hearts and Minds, which addresses the impact of COVID-19 on consumers, health equity and disparities, and the need for health citizenship.

Sarasohn-Kahn has been a regular presenter at the Summit over the past six years and is recognized as a dynamic speaker. For the full agenda and information on continuing education credits, visit our registration page.

Register today.


State, National, Global COVID-19 Updates
The Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) announced today 2,862 new COVID-19 cases and 49 deaths. The total number of cases in the state is 327,605 in 102 counties, with a total of 9,074 deaths. IDPH says that in the past 24 hours, 52,669 test specimens have been processed, with a positivity rate of 5.43%. The preliminary seven-day statewide positivity rate from October 7 to October 13 is 4.6%. Statewide COVID-19 hospitalizations in the past 24 hours increased from 1,848 patients to 1,974 patients (highest level since June 12). Of that figure, 390 patients were in the ICU, with 153 patients on ventilators.

At a press conference this afternoon, Governor J.B. Pritzker expressed serious concerns about rising COVID-19 positivity rates in every region of the state, especially Region 1 (Rockford/Dixon/Galena area) (10.1% positivity rate) and Region 5 (Southern Illinois) (7.7%). He urged all Illinoisans to mask up, continue to take precautions and not let down their guard.

Today’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) figures show more than 7.83 million confirmed and presumptive positive cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., with 215,194 deaths.

Today’s WHO Coronavirus Disease Dashboard shows more than 38 million COVID-19 cases globally, with more than 1.083 million deaths. The Region of the Americas (includes the U.S.) continues to lead the world with more than 18 million cases and more than 593,000 deaths.


IDPH Revises COVID-19 Test Reporting
Starting Thursday, IDPH will include both molecular and antigen tests in the number of statewide total COVID-19 tests performed in Illinois. Previously, due to the limited number of antigen tests and limited information about their accuracy, antigen tests were not included in the total number (which comprised less than 1% of total tests performed). Antigen tests, like BinaxNOW™ (which is being distributed to states), are becoming more readily available.

Also, IDPH has adjusted how data for Region 6, east central Illinois, is reported to most accurately capture spread across the region. Champaign County and its data will continue to be included in Region 6, but University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign saliva testing will be broken out separately to better identify testing needs and trends in the region.


IDPH Issues Holiday Season Safety Tips
With public health officials having concerns about the potential spread of COVID-19 at family gatherings and activities during the fall and winter holiday season, the Illinois Dept. of Public Health (IDPH) today issued a series of safety tips, including traveling considerations, overnight guests, holiday shopping and holiday meals. IDPH says during a time when social distancing and limiting the number of people at gatherings is important, special considerations should be taken.

“COVID-19 has changed the way we work, live, and play, and will now change how we plan to celebrate the holidays,” said IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike. “While the safest way to celebrate is with members of your household and connecting with others virtually, we know, for many, the holidays are all about family and friends, so we want to provide some tips on how to celebrate safer.”


Family Gatherings and COVID-19 Spread
A COVID-19 outbreak that infected 11 people across four states including Illinois began with a 13-year-old girl who transmitted the virus during a three-week family vacation over the summer, according to a CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report

The CDC says this outbreak highlights several important issues. First, children and adolescents can serve as the source for COVID-19 outbreaks within families, even when their symptoms are mild. Better understanding of transmission by children and adolescents in different settings is needed to refine public health guidance. Second, this investigation provides evidence of the benefit of physical distancing as a mitigation strategy to prevent SARS-CoV-2 transmission. None of the six family members who maintained outdoor physical distance without face masks during two visits to the family gathering developed symptoms.


CDC Tips for Halloween Activities
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a new webpage that features new ways of trick or treating and other Halloween activities, recognizing that some traditional Halloween activities can increase the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19 or flu. To make trick of treating safer, the CDC recommends: avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters; give out treats outdoors, if possible; set up a station with individually bagged treats for kids to take; wash hands before handling treats; and wear a mask.


Chicago Adds Four States to Emergency Travel Order
The Chicago Dept. of Public Health (CDPH) has revised its COVID-19 Emergency Travel Order to add Indiana, New Mexico, North Carolina and Rhode Island effective this Friday. The list now includes half of the country, 25 states and Puerto Rico.

For Wisconsin and Indiana, the order applies to individuals coming from Wisconsin or Indiana to Chicago for non-work purposes and Chicago residents returning from Wisconsin or Indiana, unless they are deemed an essential worker. Exceptions to the order for personal travel will be permitted for travel for medical care and parental shared custody. Individuals who travel to Wisconsin or Indiana, even if for less than 24 hours, still need to quarantine upon returning unless deemed an essential worker or are a student who commutes for school.